The true blue forget-me-not plant displays clouds of tiny sky-blue flowers with yellow centers, perched on the tip of hairy stems which grow from 4 inches to a foot. This perennial flower self-seeds and blooms for months. Here’s how to grow forget-me-not flowers in your garden!
The genus name, Myosotis, is derived from two Greek words, mys, meaning ‘mouse’, and ous, meaning ‘ear’ to refer to the shape of the flower petal, which has a rounded shape with a rounded notch in the center.
This perennial plant’s natural habit is near marshes, bogs, river banks, woodlands, and wet places so they prefer wet to moist conditions in full to partial sun. They can also tolerate cold conditions.
In the yard and garden, these charming light blue blossoms looks best in large masses as ground cover or as a carpet of flowers in partial-shade spots. They’ll also grow in flower beds and in containers. Both butterflies and bees are attracted to these blue and yellow beauties which may bloom from May all the way through October.
Note: Please note that forget-me-nots are invasive in some areas. Otherwise, plants will spread by creeping rhizomes but are not overly aggressive. Pinch young plants to promote bushiness.